It's MusicFest NW week here in Portland, and though it takes a lot for a shorty like me to brave the crowds of unbelievably tall dudes who magically appear out of thin air during music festivals, tonight I am heading out for one reason and one reason only: Big Freedia. It's Bounce time, y'all!
For those of you who haven't been following Big Freedia's rise to relative fame and notoriety, she is a rapper in the Sissy Bounce scene in New Orleans. What is Sissy Bounce, you ask? It's just what it sounds like: Bounce rap performed by self-identified "sissies." While rap is not necessarily a genre known for its queer friendliness, Sissy Bounce is turning that notion on its outmoded ear—and providing some awesome dance music along the way. Need proof? Check out this video of Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby performing at One-Eyed Jack's (warning: chair-dancing may occur):
If you're interested in learning a little more about the Bounce scene, check out this FaderTV interview with Big Freedia:
For those of you who live in the Portland area, Big Freedia is performing tonight at the Roseland Theater (look out for those tall dudes!). If you aren't in town, you can still check out Big Freedia's music at her website (and you definitely should).